Strawberry Tiramisu

Remember awhile back I mentioned that Mr. Newman and I had watched The Great British Bake off and that I was going to try to recreate some of those recipes? Well today I bring you one of those recipes. Hurrah!

So in this episode of me trying to recreate these fantastic recipes made by amateurs, which really are they amateurs? If they can make great looking breads, cakes  and things out of sugar in 3 hours I don’t think they are. I think they’re hiding something. I think they all really went to culinary school and they’re just playing dumb.


So in the second episode of Series 5  they made a tiramisu. Yum. Well. In some people’s eyes, mine, not so much. I love the idea of tiramisu, but I’m not a huge fan of things being soaked or coated or what have you with coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee. I must have it every morning to function. But I like my coffee with everything in it to make it taste good. Ok, maybe not everything, just stuff like milk and sugar to make it taste yummy. I know what’s the point of the coffee then. Plus, I’d be the only one that would eat this and that can’t happen.

So, I made an alternative to a tiramisu that I’d like. 🙂

The original recipe that I went to recreate the tiramisu called for lady fingers. I could not find lady fingers for the life of me in the stores in my area. So I improvised and decided to use a sponge cake, because the recipe from The Great British Bake Off  uses a sponge cake. And really, the sponge cake isn’t that difficult to make either. What you need for it is what you see in the picture below.

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Seriously. Sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. Couldn’t be any easier.


The only thing with the sponge cake, is that you have to beat your eggs, sugar and vanilla for like 10 minutes in your stand mixer. My mixer. *sigh* My poor poor mixer, I think is on its last days. Anyway, you wanna mix it until its pale yellow and the batter doesn’t “fall” when you pull the beater. I tried really hard to get a decent picture of this and it just wasn’t happening.

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After you’ve added in your sifted flour pour the batter into a pan that has been sprayed with baking spray or buttered and floured.

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Bake for about 30 minutes and cool off.

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While the cake cools you can  prep the rest of the items that is needed for the tiramisu. I really picked probably the worst time to do a dessert that involves fruit, fresh fruit no less. I hate winter. I’m so counting down the days until spring. It’s 40 days from now. See I told you I was counting it down.

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Sprinkle some sugar and lemon/lime juice on top of your sliced strawberries and give it a good mix and set them aside.

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Here’s the topping. Mmmmm cool whip.

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Here’s how this works. Torte the cake when it’s all nice and cool. Pour some oj on top of each layer of it, let it soak in the goodness.

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Slap some of that pink filling goodness that I completely forgot to take a picture of.

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Add a layer of the strawberries and cool whip topping.

And repeat.

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I think it tastes like shortcake, which I don’t mind, I love that stuff.

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Simple and delicious. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert. Check out the full recipe below!

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Strawberry Tiramisu


    For the sponge cake:
  • 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon cake flour, sifted (or 1 cup all-purpose flour)
    For the filling:
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry preserves, melted
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 1/2 container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. orange juice


For the sponge cake:

Take the eggs from the fridge ahead of time or soak them for a few minutes in a bowl of warm water.

Preheat oven to 340 degrees.

Butter and flour (or spray with baking spray) a 8 inch pan.

Put the eggs, sugar and lemon zest (or vanilla) in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Beat the eggs until very fluffy and pale yellow (about 10-15 minutes on medium/high speed).

To test that it has been beaten enough, pull the beater up, if the batter remains "sitting" on top, that means it is ready.

Sift the flour on top of the egg mixture, a little at a time, and fold in gently with a wooden spoon.

Pour the batter into prepared pan. Do not smooth over or bang the pan on the counter.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. ( Do not open the oven for the first 20 minutes of baking)

Turn off the oven but leave the cake inside, prop the oven open just a tiny bit for at least 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, let it cool 10 more minutes.

Flip it upside down on a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

In a large bowl, add sliced strawberries, granulated sugar and lemon juice.

Toss together and set aside until natural juices develop.

For filling, in a large bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the melted strawberry preserves; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended smooth.

Stir in 1/2 cup of the whipped dessert topping, set aside.

For the topping, in a another bowl, whisk together rest of the whipped topping dessert,with vanilla extract. Set aside.

Torte (cut the cake in half horizontally) the sponge cake.

Pour a 1/4 cup of orange juice on top of both sides of the sponge cake.

On bottom layer of sponge cake, spread strawberry mixture with half the cream cheese then the topping.


Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.

Adapted from Grandbaby-cakes and As Easy as Apple Pie

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6 comments on “Strawberry Tiramisu

  1. Oh, girl, this looks awesome! It’s 10:00 at night and you’ve got me craving strawberry tiramisu. I’m pinning this and printing the recipe right now. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  2. I love regular tiramisu, but I have never heard of a strawberry one. This looks very delicious, thank you for sharing! 🙂
    visiting from the bathtimefuntime blog link up.

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